Resiliency in the 21st century

1st District CO Conference

BOSTON - Rear Adm. Daniel Neptun, commander, 1st Coast Guard District, speaks during the 1st Coast Guard District Commander's Conference at the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern University in Burlington, Mass., May 1, 2012. The conference was held at the new university building and was attended by numerous commanding officers in the 1st Coast Guard District. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson.

Written by Seaman Ross Ruddell

BOSTON — The U.S. Coast Guard and Northeastern University’s Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security hosted a conference May 1, 2012 to enhance the exchange of inter-agency information in Burlington, Mass.

Dr. Stephen Flynn, co-director of the Kostas Research Institute, and Peter Boyton, co-director, hosted the event and led discussions with local, state and federal agencies about the importance of resilience as a security and societal imperative for the United States.

The primary mission of the institute is to assemble research teams to advance the resilience of critical systems and infrastructure including cyber security.

“Only resilient communities, companies and countries will prosper in the 21st Century,” said Flynn. “In a world with no ‘risk-free zones,’ the locales that demonstrate a capacity to withstand, nimbly respond and recover, and adapt to disruptive risk will end up having a comparative advantage over those that do not.”

Identifying what it takes to be resilient and acting on that knowledge will be indispensable to achieving growth, safety, and security for the United States, said Flynn.

The Coast Guard has a unique position as a federal organization, with a broad range of safety and security missions, making it an ideal agency to further the efforts of the Kostas Research Institute. The partnership allows for discussion and studies while strengthening the Coast Guard’s capacity to pursue its maritime security mission of protecting America’s citizens and its national assets.

The Institute was designed in accordance with Department of Defense standards and will give the university the capacity and clearances to conduct research in restricted areas critical to national security, including cryptography, data security, information assurance, detection of explosives, and energy harvesting.

Agencies included in the discussions were: Boston Federal Executive Board, Massachusetts Federal Emergency Management, Transportation Security Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Boston Fire Department, Boston Police Department, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, Coast Guard Investigative Service, Massachusetts Port Authority and the Massachusetts Executive Office for Public Safety.

Together, the Coast Guard and other agencies, along with the university can foster efficient information exchange while promoting professional partnerships.

1st District CO Conference

BOSTON - Peter Boynton, Codirector of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern University, speaks during the 1st Coast Guard District Commander's Conference at the university's Burlington, Mass., campus May 1, 2012. The conference was held at the new university building and was attended by numerous commanding officers in the 1st Coast Guard District. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson.